As the result of a perception by some residents that the speed of traffic passing through the village was increasing, the Parish Council asked Oxfordshire County Council to arrange a survey to test the validity of this.
This survey, based at the northern end of the village, has recently been completed and the results show, that whilst the situation could be improved — couldn’t it always? The survey over a 7 day period between 26 April to 2 May shows that of the 48,000 vehicle movements through the village the majority, 62%, recorded a speed of less than 26mph, only a small percentage, 2.2% were exceeding the signposted minimum speed of 30mph and 0.33% exceeded 35 mph.
During April a group of youths unfortunately set fire to the wooden bench in Forest Side play area whilst cooking on a disposable BBQ – the police do not think it was malicious but it did result in damage. The youths have agreed to pay for the damage caused, with the Council putting this money towards a new bench. Reports have been recently received of unsocial behaviour and vandalism such as fence panels being kicked out of the Forest Side play area boundary fence; concrete post in Forest Side car park having been pushed over and broken; graffiti throughout the village on bus shelters and a BT control cabinet and telephone box together with obscene graffiti found in the wooden play house in The Links play area.
This increasing amount of irresponsible and unsocial behaviour is both costly and upsetting for the village – so much so that the Parish Council is putting up a reward of £1000 for information which leads to a successful prosecution regarding any future vandalism within the village. It is hoped this will act as a deterrent for would be vandals and return Kennington into a tidy and welcoming village.
Thank you to those who have volunteered to put their names in the Emergency Plan if even needed, we now have a nurse, someone willing to make teas, a carpenter and someone with the use of a van. All would be extremely useful and anyone else who feels they could give their skills and/or time if the village was ever to need to employ the Emergency plan, please just let me know.